Today would've been the hundredth birthday of American composer John Cage. Since his most famous piece, 4'33" (four and a half minutes of a pianist not playing anything) doesn't translate so well to radio, we'll mark the date with six minutes of rhythmic sound effects from two prepared (altered) pianos, also by Cage.
And with the concert season picking up and Shostakovich on the Savannah Philharmonic's program this Saturday, we'll hear a performance of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting the London Symphony live.
|Shostakovich, D.||Festive Overture||Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel||Telarc 80595||iTunes Link|
|Shostakovich, D.||Symphony No. 5 in D minor||London Sym, Rostropovich||LSO 0058||iTunes Link|
|Telemann, G.P.||Trumpet Concerto No. 1 in D major||Maurice Andre, Berlin Phil, Karajan||EMI 66961||iTunes Link|
|Cage, J.||Three Dances for two prepared pianos: Dance No. 1||Michael Tilson Thomas, Ralph Grierson||EMI 50999 9 67132||iTunes Link|
|Chausson, E.||Poeme for violin and orchestra, Op. 25||Isabelle Faust, German Sym Orch Berlin, Letonja||Harmonia Mundi 901925||iTunes Link|
|Brahms, J.||Clarinet Sonata in E-flat, Op. 120/2||Jon Manasse, Jon Nakamatsu||Harmonia Mundi 907430||iTunes Link|
|Avison, C.||Concerto Grosso No. 2 in G major after Domenico Scarlatti||Brandenburg Consort, Goodman||Hyperion 66891||iTunes Link|
|Tchaikovsky, P.I.||The Voyevoda, symphonic ballad||Russian National Orch, Pletnev||DG 477 053||iTunes Link|
|Bach, J.S.||English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807||Murray Perahia||Sony 60277||iTunes Link|